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Ex-top fugitive Lai confesses to smuggling (2)

By Liang Yiwen (Shanghai Daily)

09:12, December 31, 2011

For 12 years Lai fought his deportation to China. The Federal Court of Canada refused a request to stay the deportation of Lai on July 21, finally clearing the way for his extradition, The Associated Press reported.

The repatriation is significant for the promotion of Sino-Canadian law-enforcement cooperation, the public security ministry said.

Lai had avoided deportation by arguing he could face the death penalty or be tortured and would not get a fair trial in his home country. But that legal battle ended when a federal court in Vancouver ruled Lai should not be considered a refugee and upheld his deportation, AP said.

According to earlier reports, China promised Canada that Lai would not get the death penalty in 2001 when then-President Jiang Zemin sent the Canadian prime minister at the time Jean Chretien a diplomatic note.

Before fleeing to Canada, Lai lived a life of luxury in China complete with a bulletproof Mercedes Benz. He is alleged to have run a mansion in which he plied officials with liquor and prostitutes.

At the time, state TV splashed pictures of the network's allegedly ill-gotten gains: A tiger skin rug laid out on a conference table, confiscated cars belonging to corrupt bureaucrats, a sack of gold rings, and a picture of a young woman, said to be a lover kept for one official by Lai.

Scores of officials and executives involved have been imprisoned and some executed over the scandal. Among those punished were a former deputy police minister, who was removed from his posts as vice minister for public security and deputy chief of an anti-smuggling task force. The deputy mayor of Xiamen and the city's customs chief were also punished.

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